By Lena Mitchell/NEMS Daily Journal
CORINTH – As the experienced educator and administrator who guided the first three years of operation at the Northeast Mississippi Community College campus at Corinth prepares to step aside in retirement, a new director will assume those duties.
On July 1, Jason Mattox will become director of the Larry McCollum Center, as the Northeast at Corinth campus is named, in addition to continuing in his role as WIN Job Center director at the same site. He takes over the duties that Nelson Wall will relinquish come June 30.
“I’m working with Mr. Wall on the transition,” Mattox said. “I have learned a lot working with Mr. Wall the past three years and he’s great to work with. Certainly with his 51 years in education he has really been an asset for me.”
Northeast is one of only three community colleges in Mississippi – incuding Itawamba Community College and Northwest Mississippi Community College – where communities have a one-stop shop for their job search, job training, unemployment and education needs through the Mississippi Department of Employment Security and the college.
“We also partner with the Small Business Development Center at Ole Miss, the Northeast Mississippi Law Enforcement Training Center, day and night adult basic education classes, an employment program for older workers, and now Mississippi Highway Patrol driver licensing, to include many services under one roof,” Mattox said.
Students can get their core academic classes, including math, English, science and history, at Corinth, and forward-thinking administrators are looking at possible additions in career and technology programs.
“We’ve had full classes this past semester and hope to have more in the fall,” Mattox said.
In fact, the campus has already served more than 60,000 people through three quarters, on track to serve about 80,000 for the year, compared with serving 60,000 for all of last year.
“Area industries are here using our facilities every week as well as groups from the community,” Mattox said. “I see us continually growing and evolving.”